New Research on Implicit Bias in Early Childhood Education

It was a crisp breezy fall morning as I drove my car into the garage near my job. Suddenly my cell phone rings and I look at the caller ID and take a deep breath. Sigh…it’s my daughter’s child care provider again. “Hello, Ms. Dobbins. I know we just saw you, but your daughter is… Read more »

Child Care Mentioned Early On In First Presidential Debate

We were excited to hear child care mentioned in the first 10 minutes of the first Presidential debate. It makes sense – 90% of Americans want the next president to expand access to child care and early learning opportunities. It’s a critical issue that candidates across the aisle can agree on. Child care costs more… Read more »

A Divided Electorate Unites on Quality Early Childhood Care and Learning

Guest Blog Post by Amanda Guarino, Policy Director, First Five Years Fund Child care is a necessity for many of today’s American families, especially low- and middle-income families, yet the cost of accessing high-quality care often rivals the cost of housing. For four years running, the First Five Years Fund’s annual national bipartisan poll shows… Read more »

Care Index Launch and Event: Hear from the Leading Voices on Child Care

On Wednesday, September 28, leaders in the child care space will discuss the state of the caregiving landscape and how to support families and value care. Child Care Aware® of America is pleased to partner with New America’s Better Life Lab,, and AT Kearney to launch The Care Index and New America Care Report…. Read more »

Kansas Begins Two-Year Project to Focus on Emergency Preparedness for Child Care

Arlington, Va. – Child Care Aware® of Kansas was recently awarded the Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies as Resilience Hubs grant. Grant funding from Child Care Aware® of America will support a new two-year project designed to strengthen emergency preparedness efforts for children, parents, and child care providers and also enhance coordination with first… Read more »

September is Obesity Prevention Month

All children should have the opportunity to grow up healthy. In the United States, many adults and children us spend a lot more time than we should sitting, watching screens. And even though we know better, children and adults don’t always eat as many vegetables and fruits or lean meats as we should. There are… Read more »

Webinar: Serving Young Homeless Children under CCDF

By Kim Engelman, Chief, Family & Community Engagement Join Child Care Aware® of America (CCAoA) and the National Center for Homeless Education (NCHE) for a webinar on serving homeless children under the Child Care and Development Fund Program. Webinar: Serving Young Homeless Children under CCDF [The webinar has already passed – but you can find… Read more »

Health Resource Spotlight: Practice-Based Coaching

Spotlight Practice-Based Coaching The Problem Professional development often helps early childhood educators learn about effective teaching practices—but doesn’t help them implement those practices in the classroom. For health and safety issues, this can result in injury and illness for children and staff. One Solution The Early Childhood Learning & Knowledge Center (ECLKC) has a seven-minute… Read more »

Provider Health Spotlight on Tammy Kasier

Spotlight Tammy Kaiser, Director of Temple Beit Ha Yam Early Childhood Learning Center, Stuart, Florida The Problem Some children were experiencing behavior problems in the classroom. Tammy didn’t feel it was serious enough to warrant action—until she had a conversation with a congregant about the stress-reducing benefits of yoga. The Solution School-wide yoga for teachers… Read more »

Presidential Candidates Release Child Care Proposals—What This Means for Parents

Arlington, VA, September 14, 2016 – The importance of high-quality, affordable child care continues to remain a high priority issue for Presidential candidates this election year. To date, both candidates have submitted child care proposals that could impact parents, including paid maternity or family leave and tax credits for families. Child Care Aware® of America… Read more »

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